A hastily arranged match against a Basingstoke Town Under-21 squad on Tuesday evening saw Ashford rack up their fourth consecutive victory in pre-season, winning comfortably in the end by four goals to nil.

Wise football men do not get carried away by friendly results but there is no doubt that Ben Murray’s new look squad is shaping up nicely.  Some of the very impressive new players have yet to commit themselves but if all or most of them do so, Ashford could certainly approach the season with a degree of guarded confidence.

The opening period of yesterday evening’s match did not suggest a Tangerine victory as the clearly talented visitors’ squad held on to the ball almost exclusively for some five minutes, although, that said, they did not look penetrative, much of the possession being in their own half.

Ashford got to grips and showed how it should be done with the first goal on ten minutes.  Mark Bitmead, back in a tangerine shirt, looked determined to make up for lost time and whilst usually the finisher, this time he put in a predatory first time ball from deep on the left, to allow one of our newcomers to take the chance with great aplomb.

After that Ashford generally just improved and it was no real surprise when Dan Fleming doubled the lead shortly before half-time.  The main provider this time was Tommy Brunton whose left wing cross led to a shot from skipper Russell Canderton that was blocked but there was no stopping Fleming as he hammered home the rebound.

Although Basingstoke continued to look decent in possession, it is fair to say they rarely converted their possession into clear cut chances.  It was a different story for Ashford, who scored two more goals after the interval, both excellent finishes, from two of our newcomers.

We now move on to Saturday which will see Ashford playing against Hellenic League side Ascot United, who went a long way in the FA Vase last season.  It will be another excellent test and the match this week is at Addlestone Leisure Centre, School Lane, Addlestone, KT15 1TD, kicking off at the more traditional 3.00 p.m.

After that everyone will be itching to get back to playing at our own ground and the first match at Short Lane will be on Tuesday 28 July when, of course, we will be entertaining Cockfosters FC in the much delayed Middlesex Charity Cup Semi-Final from last season.  The winners will go on to meet Harrow Borough in the Final on Saturday 1 August.  More in due course.

Forthcoming Events

24 Feb 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Hayes & Yeading United (a)
24 Feb 2018
03:01PM -
British Airways v Kensington Dragons
25 Feb 2018
10:30AM -
British Airways Vets v Twickenham Rangers
25 Feb 2018
02:00PM -
Greater London Women's League v New London Lionesses (a)
02 Mar 2018
08:00PM -
Quiz Night @ Ernie's Bar
03 Mar 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Thame United (H)
04 Mar 2018
02:00PM -
John Greenacre Trophy v QPR Ladies Development (H)
05 Mar 2018
07:45PM -
Bostik Youth League v Camberley Town (H)
09 Mar 2018
08:00PM -
Ladies Night @ Ernie's Bar
10 Mar 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Fleet Town (a)
10 Mar 2018
03:01PM -
British Airways v South Kilburn
17 Mar 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Beaconsfield Town (a)
18 Mar 2018
10:30AM -
British Airways Vets v Shebu Old Stars
21 Mar 2018
07:45PM -
Bostik Youth League v Hayes & Yeading United (a)
24 Mar 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Barton Rovers (H)
26 Mar 2018
07:45PM -
Bostik Youth League v Northwood (H)
31 Mar 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Uxbridge (H)
02 Apr 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Moneyfields (a)
04 Apr 2018
07:45PM -
Bostik Youth League v Wealdstone (a)
07 Apr 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Chalfont St Peter (H)
11 Apr 2018
07:45PM -
Bostik Youth League v Hendon (a)
14 Apr 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Marlow (a)
15 Apr 2018
10:30AM -
British Airways Vets v Bedfont Sunday Vets
16 Apr 2018
07:45PM -
Bostik Youth League v Staines Town (H)
21 Apr 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v Hartley Wintney (H)
22 Apr 2018
10:30AM - 05:00PM
Middlesex FA Sunday Intermediate Cup Final
28 Apr 2018
03:00PM -
Evo-Stik League South v AFC Rushden & Diamonds (a)
10 May 2018
07:30PM -
Annual General Meeting
02 Jun 2018
11:00AM -
Junior Presentation Day and Evening
09 Jun 2018
09:00AM - 09:00PM
Junior Tournament